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Yanaiza Gallant (RI '12)

Multilingual Learner Director

East Providence School District
East Providence, RI

At the time of the Award, Yanaiza Gallant was:

Lillian Feinstein Elementary School
Providence, RI

Subject(s) taught: Reading
Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Biographical Information

As the K-5 reading specialist for Lillian Feinstein Elementary School in Providence, Rhode Island, Yanaiza Gallant's impact is being realized schoolwide in terms of rising achievement levels. Gallant personalizes literacy plans and partners with classroom teachers to provide super-sized interventions for individual students. Her intervention strategies for the lowest-performing kindergarten students resulted in 93 percent performing at grade level, re-charting the trajectory of their young lives.

From leading literacy night to coordinating parent workshops, Gallant pursues every opportunity to promote success for all. To keep young minds actively learning during winter break, Gallant developed and coordinated an “Out of This World” winter science camp that reinforces math, science and literacy with a good measure of fun.

Gallant is secretary of Lillian Feinstein Elementary's Instructional Leadership Team and plays a key role in creating a revitalized professional learning community. She was previously a reading coach at the district level, where she continues to deliver professional development training and plays an active role in the district's grade-level reading campaign. Gallant attended Providence-area middle and high schools herself, adding a depth of insight to her service on the Mayor's Children Youth Cabinet.

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Yanaiza Gallant Newsletters

Twitter for Teachers and a New Milken Educator
Mar 24, 2014

Introducing the Three Newest Educators in the MEA Family
Oct 12, 2012

Yanaiza Gallant In The News

Principal to Parents, Kids: ‘Let’s Have an Awesome Year’
Providence Journal  |  Aug 28, 2018  |  Providence, RI

Unfinished lessons in equality of education
Providence Journal  |  Aug 25, 2013  |  Providence, RI

Un premio al esfuerzo y la dedicación
Providence En Espanol  |  Oct 19, 2012  |  Providence, RI

Rhode Island College
Rhode Island College  |  Oct 18, 2012  |  Providence, RI

Teacher, Cranston Resident, Wins Prestigious Milken Award
CranstonPatch  |  Oct 12, 2012  |  Cranston, RI

NP native wins $25,000 Milken Prize  |  Oct 12, 2012  |  North Platte, RI

Providence teacher wins $25,000 award
Providence Journal  |  Oct 10, 2012  |  Providence, RI

Teacher wins national Milken award  |  Oct 10, 2012  |  New York, NY

Local teacher receives surprise honor
WPRI-TV  |  CBS  |  Oct 10, 2012  |  East Providence, RI

Local teacher receives surprise honor
WPRI-TV  |  CBS  |  Oct 10, 2012  |  East Providence, RI

Yvonne Chan's charter school empire flourishes in Pacoima
Los Angeles Daily News  |  Oct 10, 2012  |  Woodland Hills, CA